Noble Path

Private Investor -Student Lending Program

To maintain our institutional independence, we do not accept federal student aid.  Thus, we have developed a private investor- student lending program through gifts from generous donors that believe in the principals that define and exemplified the Industrial Arts Institute since its founding.

These supporters GIVE  because they believe in our vision to build a professional trades workforce utilizing a new education model standard that develops students with time honored training and connects talent with industry.

Students will need to fill out a form, but many families find that the Noble Path application and selection process is far simpler to fill out and less invasive than other Lending Applications or Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) documents.

Annual Percentage Rate
Loan Use
Tuition Only
Up Front Costs:
Minimum Down payment-$500.00
Term of Contract
Up to 60 months
First payment not due till 45 days after graduation

Noble Path Brochure

Loan Cost Examples


American Welding Society Foundation

Welder Scholarships

AWS Foundation Scholarships

The AWS Foundation awards over $1 million annually to help students achieve their dreams through education. If you are currently enrolled in a welding program or a related field, then consider applying for our scholarships. Scholarships are available for students attending trade schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Regardless of who you are, where you’re from, or what you aspire to be, receiving an AWS Foundation scholarship can be the extra push that helps you fulfill your goals.

1) Welder Training Scholarships
The AWS Welder Training Scholarship is for students seeking training to become a welder in a program up to two years in length at a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training.

Each AWS District has twenty-five (25) $1,000 scholarships to award.

Applications are accepted year-round and selections are made on a rolling basis until the District awards the designated funds for the year.  The current application cycle is open to students attending school or training prior to May 2020.

View additional information about the Welder Training Scholarship, along with the application

2) District Scholarships
The deadline to apply for District, and Section is March 1st each year. 

District Scholarships
A minimum of $10,000 is available in each of AWS’s 22 Districts for students pursuing a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree.  Scholarships typically range from $500 to $2,500+.

Additional information about District Scholarships including application deadlines

Veteran Benefits / GI Bill®

Apply Your VA Education Benefits Toward a Career in Welding!

We are pleased to announce that the Michigan State Approving Agency, Department of Education has approved the Industrial Arts Institute to train VA eligible students for our Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program.

Getting Started As A Student

Service members, veterans and their beneficiaries can apply to determine their VA Education Benefits using the Veterans On-Line Application. Then apply to IAI for a Comprehensive Industrial Welding program using the On-line Application and submit VA Form 2384- Notice of Basic Eligibility to IAI.


Do you have unused VA Education Benefits? Did you know you can transfer unused benefits to a spouse or child? To determine if you are eligible for transferring benefits, click the link below.

Transfering VA Benefits

TJ Reeves Memorial

Industrial Arts Institute Skilled Trades Scholarship

Todd (T.J.) James Albert Reeves unexpectedly departed from our lives Thursday, January 28th, 2016. T.J. was born on April 18th, 1990 in Petoskey. There, he attended school and participated in multiple sports throughout the years. He was an incredibly kind-hearted person who loved everyone. As a truly genuine and compassionate person, T.J. walked this earth with strength and stability that could only be admired. His family near and far are, and will always be, so proud of the man he grew to become.  To honor TJ’s memory, a memorial fund that provides college & trade school funding to deserving students was established.

Two (2) $1000.00 scholarships are available to students who pursue skilled trades training in our 19 week Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program at the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway, Michigan in January and August of each year.

Scholarship Eligibility:

  • To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must demonstrate the attributes that TJ embraced throughout his life; strong work ethic, determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of his goals.

Application Process:

To apply for the Scholarship,

  • Complete an on-line application to the Industrial Arts Institute for a Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program. HTTP://IAIWORKS.COM/WELDING/
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from an adult mentor
  • Provide an essay describing what your greatest successes are and how you achieved them? And what your projected goals are for the next three to five years?

Email Application & applicable documents to:
Industrial Arts Institute- Student Services Department;
Mark Dombroski – Executive Director –
Tammi Ward – Operations & Student Services Manager –


IAI / North Central Partnership


IAI / North Central Associates of Welding Student Enrollment Steps:

  • Complete Application for BOTH the Industrial Arts Institute Basic Welding AND CIW100 courses online.
  • Apply to North Central Michigan College’s Associate of Welding program.
  • Complete your FAFSA using North Central’s Federal Code – 002299
  • Each Semester that you are enrolled at IAI:
    – You must contact Virginia Panoff at the North Central Financial Aid Office to update and sign the Student Contractual Agreement Authorization Form
    – North Central will calculate your financial aid for the semester based upon your concurrent enrollment at North Central and IAI
    – Financial Aid for students enrolled with IAI will be provided for the North Central Fall and Winter semesters only:
    Fall Semester Dates = September – December
    Winter Semester Dates = January – May
    – Students that are using their financial aide refund to pay their  balance at IAI will be responsible for paying IAI directly with these funds. North Central does not send any of your refund to IAI on your behalf.

IAI Contact Person:
Tammi Ward (989) 733-4369

North Central Michigan College Contact Person:
Virginia Panoff (231) 348-6698


Professional Trades Scholarship Fund

Straits Area Community Foundation Scholarship / CFNEM Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is for a graduate (any year) from a high school in the counties of Montmorency, Presque Isle, or Cheboygan, studying in the areas of welding, machining, electrical, or automotive. No minimum GPA required. For study at any school in Michigan.

(This link will re-direct you to where you will need to complete the AwardSpring Online Scholarship Form for this scholarship.)

 Eligibility requirements:

  • You are a graduate (any year) from a high school in the counties of Montmorency, Presque Isle, or Cheboygan, studying in the areas of welding, machining, electrical, or automotive.
  • You have a teacher recommendation as part of your application.
  • You are studying at any school in Michigan. (There is no minimum GPA required.)


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant

Michigan Works!

WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact your local MI Works! Office for information on how you can apply for a WIOA Grant today.

For more information on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant, visit

The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset

The Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarship / Frey Foundation Scholarship

The Baiardi Family Foundation in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset is offering $2,000 scholarships to eligible Emmet County Students for the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) in Onaway, MI. Among other features of this program, successful students will graduate as a certified welder. Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarship Application

The Frey Foundation in conjunction with the The Rotary Club of Little Traverse Bay Sunset is offering, $1,000, one year vocational education scholarships, three of which are funded by the Frey Foundation and administered by Sunset Rotary. These scholarships are available to students in the Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and Alanson areas.
Frey Vocational Scholarship application

Inland Lakes Educational Foundation (ILEF)

Scholarship Program

The Inland Lakes Educational Foundation is organized to seek contributions and to provide a source of funding for educational programs, activities and events for the enrichment and benefit of the Inland Lakes School students. Scholarships for both vocational and academic studies are awarded to graduates of Inland Lakes Schools who are pursued career goals ranging from nursing to engineering to vocational careers.

For more information on The Inland Lakes Educational Foundation (ILEF), click here.

To apply, contact Beth Fairbanks via email or phone:  231-238- 6868 ext. 145.

Want to know more?

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments about financing your education and current scholarship opportunitites.